Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Goin' to the Sun Road

One of the oldest gems of the National Park Service is the Goin' to the Sun Road. Built in 1932 as a scenic route through the Rocky Mountains, the road traverses the park running east-west for 52 miles. I've waited many years to finally take this trip and was not in the least disappointed.

The road starts at the base of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.

The lake is fed by mountain streams. The rocks in the foreground are park of the roadway. As you can see you get pretty close.

The streams cascade down to the lake very quickly. It's quite spectacular.

One of the best views is the top of Heaven's Gate.

These are just some the many stunning views you see from the road.

Many visitors travel the road in this buses. They were built in the 1930's in Cleveland by the White Motor company. They were restored in the 1990's by Ford and are fueled by propane.

The road hugs against the walls of the cliffs and the drop is straight down on the other side.

This is called the Weeping Wall. You will actually get a car wash on this side of the road. It was useful in cleansing off the bug specimens I collected along the way.

Night time is a good time to drive the road. Every part of the day offers new views of the mountain ranges. We drove the road three times during our stay.

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At 12:57 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Your oat bales look like these.
I know the Middlefield, Burton area fairly well.
Have stayed at the Red Maple Inn on my way to upstateny. Becca James


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